Calipari loosened team up after Tennessee thrashing with coaches vs. players dodgeball

Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts after a Tennessee forward Kenny Hall (20) dunk during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts after a Tennessee forward Kenny Hall (20) dunk during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Kentucky's players recently got a chance to do something they, and countless fans, have wanted to do for a while: throw something at John Calipari's head.

With his blessing.

On the heels of Ketntucky's 88-58 thrashing by Tennessee, Calipari, the Wildcats' coach, tried to find something, anything to loosen up his team.

He settled on dodgeball, in a coaches vs. players format, and allowed it to be filmed for his personal website, coachcal.com.

Although he did, however, choose to wear a football helmet, admitting that he realized his players would be gunning for his head.

The complete video can be seen by clicking here.

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underthehill writes:

Vandy lost their top six players from last year..and Ky had to have help from the refs.as usual at Rupp..just to barely beat them..this is after Ky was handed the game in Nashville by the refs counting a basket after the shot clock expired and saying it was not reviewable..this game did nothing to help Ky with getting in the big show..gonna have to do far more than this..looks to me like the so called ..experts ..missed on their ..one and done predictions for a bunch of these guys..they are more likely one and done even if they stay at Ky..one and done to the bench..

FearlessFreep writes:

Left out of the story: "Then Calipari went back into his office and gave the players their weekly salary checks."

jt45 writes:

Beating Calipari senseless with a dodgeball would be kind of fun but watching the Vols destroy those cats was priceless.

miatatom writes:

Who gives a rats rear what they do in practice? Our team kicked their butts, period. Funny that there's no coverage of the crying that went on in their locker room in TBA after that record setting beat down.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to jt45:

Beating Calipari senseless with a dodgeball would be kind of fun but watching the Vols destroy those cats was priceless.

After the way he threw some of them under the bus, he is lucky they weren't throwing shot-puts!

jt45 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

After the way he threw some of them under the bus, he is lucky they weren't throwing shot-puts!

Seems to be trend, coaches putting down their players. Bill Self (Kansas) tried that and lost three in a row. I wouldnt be too surprised to see Missouri put another beat down on the cats saturday.

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

Much to the chagrin of little dicky vitale and others who like to pass themselves off as experts, their hero, paisano and appointed face of SEC men's bball is losing his throne and becoming more irrelavant with each game.

And yet the rest of us could not be happier!

LSG410EC83 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

After the way he threw some of them under the bus, he is lucky they weren't throwing shot-puts!

Wondered how the season would end for the team after Cal threw his remaining 5 stars under the bus. Love all the whining about how losing Noel (he is good, I will give him that) cost them the game. However, when we bring up our loss at the first of the year (Maymon) the Can'ttucky fans say that is no excuse. If a team has no more depth than 1 player, says something about the coaching. The BIG ORANGE has worked their way through it. So sad when the defending champions struggle with Vandy they way they did. My big question is, how are they going to accommodate all of the new 5 stars when they will have a full cupboard still there. See how much class Cal has when he has to make room. SURE IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to LSG410EC83:

Wondered how the season would end for the team after Cal threw his remaining 5 stars under the bus. Love all the whining about how losing Noel (he is good, I will give him that) cost them the game. However, when we bring up our loss at the first of the year (Maymon) the Can'ttucky fans say that is no excuse. If a team has no more depth than 1 player, says something about the coaching. The BIG ORANGE has worked their way through it. So sad when the defending champions struggle with Vandy they way they did. My big question is, how are they going to accommodate all of the new 5 stars when they will have a full cupboard still there. See how much class Cal has when he has to make room. SURE IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Vacancies will emerge soon. This crop on the floor now assumes they are the next iteration of 1 and done - NBA bound, won't be going to class soon and will either be drafted or kicked off for academics.

Calipussy has it all figured out as log as he has his tin of Dapper Dan hair pomade readily available.

EntourageVol writes:

I did not realize this was gokittycatsxtra

Sir_Spanky writes:

Maybe Coach Cal should consider Saban's stress reduction strategy by allowing his players to administer emergency-room-level beatings to fellow students unfortunate enough to cross their paths.

SevenT writes:

Watch the video, that is Kentucky's world class practice facility with Eight (8) championship banners hanging on the wall.

punkin writes:

in response to SevenT:

Watch the video, that is Kentucky's world class practice facility with Eight (8) championship banners hanging on the wall.

Looked like a high school gym to me. Very soon to be 7 banners.

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Watch the video, that is Kentucky's world class practice facility with Eight (8) championship banners hanging on the wall.

88-58 bwahahahaha

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to utvolfan1955:

88-58 bwahahahaha

bwhaaaaaaa

volnbig11land writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

bwhaaaaaaa

bwhaaaaaaa

TheEffect writes:

Tennessee won a game. One game. Sure it was a large margin, but Kentucky has curb-stomped Tennessee a lot more.....remember the 61 point smackdown? How bout the 54 points that Jode Meeks hung on you?

The point is, it only counts for one win....and in Tennessee's case, it is still not enough to keep them out of the NIT. You may have won the battle, but you will always lose the war.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to TheEffect:

Tennessee won a game. One game. Sure it was a large margin, but Kentucky has curb-stomped Tennessee a lot more.....remember the 61 point smackdown? How bout the 54 points that Jode Meeks hung on you?

The point is, it only counts for one win....and in Tennessee's case, it is still not enough to keep them out of the NIT. You may have won the battle, but you will always lose the war.

No question UK has always had the advantage over the Vols, but they have beaten UK more often than anybody else has by a pretty good margin as far as I can tell. You put all your eggs in that basket and have for many years, so you OUGHT to expect to win more often than you lose. You just can't expect to win them all, now or ever.

volforeverandever writes:

If the kittys can't hit a goal standing still,did anyone hit a moving target?

RememberWhen writes:

pretty embarrassing when TN fans on this page sound an awful lot like KY fans when they beat TN in football once every 30 years.....just sayin'...flukes happen.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to RememberWhen:

pretty embarrassing when TN fans on this page sound an awful lot like KY fans when they beat TN in football once every 30 years.....just sayin'...flukes happen.

Well, maybe, but the Vols' win was no mere fluke. The Vols have beaten UK in basketball more than anybody else has, not too shabby for a "football school". The Cats surely can't say the same for UK vs. UT football.

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